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Who was to blame for the death of Romeo and Juliet?

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Who was to blame for the death of Romeo and Juliet? Romeo and Juliet is a love story about two 'star crossed lovers' who die together as an unhappy couple. The play deals with romantic courtly love. Shakespeare got the idea for this play from an Italian story, which the Elizabethans loved. The play was set in Verona, Italy and it finishes with them having to leave each other which break's their hearts. There are lots of different reasons for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet, but it is a difficult to identify who was the major cause of their deaths as different people have different opinions. In the city of Verona, Italy there was a feud between the two families, the Montague's, and the Capulet's. There were fights on the streets, arguments and even deaths caused by the feud. It was making peoples lives a misery. The people of Verona thought that if they joined in with the feud it would help stop it. But it just made matters worse. They were causing allot of disturbance on the streets and sometimes they wasted the time of the watch for stupid reasons whiles serious things could be happening. The families should have sorted it out at the start and not carried on showing hatred to each other. ...read more.

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Romeo could have also thought more carefully after hearing about Juliet's death. He shouldn't have come straight to Verona and immediately thought that his wife was really dead. He even killed Paris outside the Capulet's tomb as Paris thought that he was breaking in to do something to Tybalt's body. Paris challenged him to a fight and then Romeo killed him. This then brings me on to Tybalt; others may say Tybalt was to blame for Romeo and Juliet's death. He started the fight with Romeo and he of all people kept the arguments between the two families alive. He is described by some as "King of Cats" and always causing trouble. His argumentative ways lead to Romeos banishment and therefore Romeo and Juliet taking their own lives. Romeo's friend Mercutio was another person who didn't help with the feud between the Montague's and the Capulet's, He saw the feud as being a sort of "game". Mercutio, being an eccentric character saw all the killing and death as a load of fun. He invited Romeo to a ball hosted by the Capulet's which only he had been invited to. This is where Romeo and Juliet first met and if Romeo would have never gone then they would have never fallen in love and therefore died. ...read more.

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away and asked Juliet to come with him: "Stay not to question, for the watch is coming, come go good Juliet, I dare no longer stay." Then he just went and left Juliet and it was obvious she was going to commit suicide, but he didn't force her to leave. He could have dragged her or pushed her out, but he was too worried for himself and not Juliet, even though he was the one who got her into the mess in the first place. In conclusion, I think Friar Lawrence is to blame for Romeo and Juliet's deaths even though the prince does not. 'We still have known thee for a holy man.' This leads to the explanation that Shakespeare did not want you to blame Friar Lawrence, but I do because I think he abuses his trust as a holy man. He agreed to marry them in the first place; he should have delivered the letter to Romeo himself seeing as it was so important. He also was a total coward when he heard the watchman coming and could at least have saved Juliet. He is very deceitful for a man of god and for these reasons I think he is to blame for Romeo and Juliet's deaths. ?? ?? ?? ?? Melissa Parvis 4W 21.1.06 ...read more.

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